Thieves steal costly cameras from City College

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SAN DIEGO -- Thieves have stolen four digital cameras worth about $24,000 from San Diego City College's Department of Radio, TV and Film.

The cameras were stored in a locked room, inside a cabinet with a padlock that was apparently cut off. The theft was discovered earlier this week by a faculty member who was moving equipment to a new facility on campus.

"He noticed bags were light when he picked them up and started opening the bags. Four of the cameras were missing along with one of the bags. Looks like they stuffed the cameras in one of the bags and got away with all of them," said Laura Castañeda, chair of the school's Radio, TV and Film Department.

She fears there might not be enough cameras to go around for students once classes resume.

"Nobody deserves to come to class and find out the equipment you need to get your work done to get your grade is missing. We're two weeks from start of class, but even if the college is able to replace them, it's not going to be able to do it in two weeks," said Castañeda.

The police department on campus is conducting an investigation.

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